IV. 10 Tips on Reducing Carbon Footprint
In the previous part Simple Flask has presented basic knowledge about carbon footprint, carbon emissions and climate change. Now we are moving onto the next part: tips on reducing carbon footprint. Don’t worry, we will not ask you to do impractical things such as never drive again! And these tips are virtually helpful and easy to approach.
Shop with a reusable shopping bag
Using a reusable bag, say, a cloth bag, in place of single-use plastic bag during shopping is quite easy and helpful. White Pollution caused by plastic products (especially plastic bags) has poisoned the land & ocean and the creature relying on them. It is often the case that we see news reports about poor turtles filled with plastic bags in their stomach, and about over-loaded landfills failing to cope with more plastic wastes. So next time you go shopping in a supermarket, reject their plastic ones with your sustainable bag!
2. Drink with a reusable stainless steel water bottle
What kind of water container do you use for water intake, a plastic water bottle, a ceramic coffee mug or a stainless steel water bottle? Ceramic coffee mugs are sustainable, but they are prone to impact and are considerably fragile. And the ceramic debris may cut your fingers. A plastic water bottle is the last option for you to choose if you want to live a healthy hydration life with less carbon footprint. Plastic water bottles are mostly disposable ones, and are difficult to be bio-degraded by the land & ocean. Drinking with such a single-use water container is expected to increase the entire carbon emissions and thereby should be avoided.
Stainless steel water bottles, made by stainless steel SUS304 (18-8), are eco-friendly and can be used repeatedly for at least 5 years, ideal for a low carbon emission life. Simple Flask stainless steel water bottles adopt premium material with our unique insulation technology, capable of offering you a quality hydration life. Our bottles are 100% BPA-free and are quite durable, protecting both your life and the environment.
3. Sip with a stainless steel straw
Disposable plastic products are among the major contributors to environmental pollution and climate change. It is a must for us to use less or even discard the use of it completely. When drinking coffee or soft drinks, we are given plastic straws in most cases. These single-use products do offer us convenience, but they also pose threats to the earth we are living in.
Sustainable materials such as stainless steel and biodegradable materials like bamboo are ideal alternatives to plastic straws. It is advisable for you to pick up a stainless steel straw for repeated use as it is more durable than a straw made by bamboo.
4. Use less water
If you want to drink water, enjoy it as much as you can. But, if you are using excessive amounts of water to, say, have a bath, then you should really restrain yourself. It takes great resources and labors to transport and deliver water to your home during which carbon footprints are generated. Therefore, in order to lower them, Simple Flask suggests you turn off the taps when you are rubbing body wash, brushing teeth or shaving.
5. Switch to new-energy cars
Traditional vehicles adopt petroleum as the fuel, which directly increases carbon emissions worsening the global warming eventually. To make the transportation means much more clean, companies around the world have invested in new-energy vehicles. Tesla, for example, has managed to invent electric cars. Their Model X and Model Y series have resoundingly hit the market and made a difference.
Well, if it is unfeasible for you to buy a new-energy car, you can try to drive less and take public transportation such as underground/subway and bus.
6. Cycle to work
Apart from those mentioned in the 5th tip, Simple Flask advises you to ride a bike or walk to work if feasible. Walking and cycling are environmental-friendly means that account low carbon emissions and are beneficial to your health. It is also a good way to relieve traffic congestion or jam, further reducing the overall amount of carbon emissions.
7. Turn off the lights
Powering your room drains huge electricity, and can be a great waste when the room is left empty or unused. In view of the huge carbon emissions both directly and indirectly generated by powering lights, WWF has launched Earth Hour, an energy-efficient campaign aiming to strengthen people’s awareness of carbon emissions. WWF believes that by shifting the attitude towards carbon emissions, these negative effects on the earth can be relieved for sure. Although we can never control the electricity applied to factories and other large facilitates, we individuals can turn off the lights as long as we are not using them, or replace traditional bulbs with energy-saving LED ones. Quite easy, isn’t it?
8. Plant a garden
Planting a garden in which you grow fresh vegetables and fruits is another practical method to make contributions to the reduction of carbon emissions. If you have such a small piece of land, and it is viable at the same time, go and plant your own garden! In addition, you are advised to plant flowers and trees to clear the air, and the plants you cultivate are capable of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis for you!
9. Go digital
Holding meetings via Internet is much more economical compared with the traditional way, especially during the current pandemic period. Simple Flask also suggests you use online documents in place of printed documents, which helps to save paper and printing ink. Go digital is expected to shine bright in the days ahead, so it would be best for you to be accustomed to the new tread beforehand. Just as the old saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm!”
10. Reduce, reuse, and recycle
The final tip is more like a general rule: reduce, reuse, and recycle. In our daily life, we should reduce the adoption of energy-intensive activities, reuse items, and try our best to recycle things for a clean future. Some IT equipment can be successfully recycled into new ones through revamping and invention. Simple Flask believes that through our joint efforts, we can reduce our carbon footprint heading for a brighter future.